Journal article

Reforming mental health care in Victoria: a decade later

Valerie Gerrand, Sidney Bloch, Jenny Smith, Margaret Goding, David Castle

AUSTRALASIAN PSYCHIATRY | INFORMA HEALTHCARE | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: From 1994, the Australian State of Victoria began a major transformation of its public mental health service system. In June 2006, St Vincent's Mental Health hosted a conference to reflect on the changes and identify steps to be taken over the next decade. METHOD: Participants came from Victoria's 21 adult mental health services, consumer and carer groups, and psychiatric disability rehabilitation and support organizations. They met in small groups, and discussed pre-set topics. Their observations were pooled in plenary sessions. RESULTS: Participants agreed the changes had had many positive outcomes. People most affected by mental illness had priority for treatment. Services were..

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